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MORPC adds northwest projects for federal funding


The Northwest Side did all right in funding for transportation projects announced by Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission officials last week.

The federal funding committee of the planning agency voted to add 18 new projects totaling $77 million to those already scheduled.

These include a little more than $2.3 million for a multi-use path on West Dublin-Granville Road between Sawmill and Linworth roads and a little more than $1.9 million for sidewalks on Kenny and Dierker roads.

The projects are to receive the federal money during state fiscal year 2014 and beyond, according to the announcement from MORPC spokeswoman Bernice Cage.

"Every two years, MORPC solicits projects to receive federal transportation funding in the MORPC transportation planning area: Franklin and Delaware counties, Violet and Bloom townships in Fairfield County, and Etna Township and the city of Pataskala in Licking County," Cage said in the announcement.

"Examples of the types of projects eligible for funding include transportation improvements such as highways, public transit, bikeways, pedestrian facilities, bridges and traffic signal upgrades," Cage said.

MORPC's Federal Funding Committee recommended continued funding for 31 projects that MORPC previously had committed money to, while 18 new projects were approved for new funding.

A total of nearly $233 million in both new and previously committed projects is approved for funding. The projects, including the 18 new ones, become part of a draft Transportation Improvement Program.

"The TIP is a four-year financially balanced listing of federal, state and locally funded projects that are scheduled for some phase of implementation or development in a four-year time period," according to Cage.

Also included in the list of newly funded projects is a study of the economic and social value of trails for $79,000, $14 million for safety improvements on Hamilton Road from Interstate 70 to Refugee Road, an interchange modification at Interstate 270 and U.S. Route 33 for $7 million, $7.6 million to modify the intersection of Interstate 70 and state Route 310 and $5 million for intersection modification at Cleveland Avenue and Schrock Road.